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Faculty Profile: Ian M. Roy

Ian M. Roy

Adjunct Professor in the Brandeis International Business School

Digital Fabrication
Rapid Prototyping
Research Technologies
Social Enterprise
3D Scanning

Ian Roy is the Director for Research Technology and Innovation in Brandeis University's Library. He is also the Founding Head of the Brandeis MakerLab and an Adjunct Professor at the Brandeis International Business School. He works with researchers to overcome the technological hurdles they encounter in their workflows, top to bottom, and is constantly running local pilots in new technologies to address their needs. His work touches on desktop/laptop/server break-fix, instrument machine support, digital forensics and security tools, institutional storage of Big Data, Cloud collaboration and backup in a Big Data context, and many of the new toolsets in the Maker community, including support of touch and gesture inputs, multiple displays, VR head mounted displays, Digital Fabrication (3D printing, Lasercutting, CNC), 3D scanning, robotics, drones, and embedded systems (Raspberry Pi, Arduino). Ian specializes in not only the technical aspects, but also the policy and political implications of implementing emerging technologies on campus. Ian was the project lead in developing both the Research Technology department and the MakerLab at Brandeis.

Ian is descended from samurai and has studied Japanese sword for over 10 years. He is also a Brandeis alumnus, graduating in 2005 with dual majors in Philosophy and Economics and a concentration in Film Studies. From 2005 to 2010, he worked for a high end jeweler in downtown Los Angeles as the in-house photographer. He has a strong background in digital photography, digital fabrication, and new media marketing. He has also read and pitched around 1000 screenplays as a professional reader at a small boutique Los Angeles-based production company. He coached the Brandeis Ski Team for 2 seasons, a team on which he was a 2-year captain during his undergraduate career. He has retired from Ski Coaching but still works for the USCSA McBrine Division as the ski league's Staff Photographer. Ian has hosted or judged the first nine 24-hour hackathons at Brandeis, helping create the Printathon and Codestellation brands. He is currently the staff advisor to, the Brandeis 3D printing club, the Brandeis Aviation Club, the Brandeis Prosthesis Club, and the Hardware Advisor for BITMAP (The Brandeis Initiative for Technology Machines Applications and Programming).

Ian Teaches a 2 credit course with IBS: BUS295G: DIGITAL FABRICATION WITH ROBOTICS
The goal of this course is for students to walk away with the ability to imagine a design and produce it in physical reality. Students will learn the fundamental underlying technologies in digital fabrication, 3D scanning, 3D design, and robotics. Through a combination of real world examples and hands on experiences, students will learn to take a design from concept to reality. There will be a focus on literacy of underlying technologies: how things work, what their limitations are, why they fail, and how to troubleshot or design around those limitations.

in Spring 2018 Brandeis Magazine published a profile on Ian:

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